Average Bench: 64.2% (168th of 1010)

more Based on 4,086 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20 PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZY0, WD20PURX-68P8ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZYO, WDC WD20 PURX-64GVNY0, WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64E5EY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64P6ZY0, WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNYO, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64P, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P, WDC WD20PURX-89P

The WD Purple is a surveillance drive with low power consumption and a design that's optimized for 24x7 operation. There is actually little beyond marketing that separates the Purple from the Red and Green drives. They all share almost identical hardware. The thing that does differentiate the Purple drives is their firmware which supports AllFrame, a surveillance specific feature. Allframe handles the cache in a way that is optimized for video streams. The AllFrame technology however is only enabled when used in conjunction with a supported host controller, most of which are only found in dedicated NVR (Network Video Recording) devices. As a result there is no benefit in using this drive in a HTPC to record video streams, because the surveillance specific functions won't be enabled. In terms of effective speed the Purple lags the new Red and Green drives by around 26%. [Oct '14 HDrivePro]

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Above average average bench

The WD Purple 2TB (2014) averaged 35.8% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.86MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.08MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Purple 2TB (2014) is 43.5%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Purple 2TB (2014) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 58MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 109MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,086 samples)
Min Avg Max
65.6 Read 114 152
58.9 Write 111 145
22.9 Mixed 58 75.5
62.8 SusWrite 109 148
71.8% 98.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 4K Read 0.71 0.9
0.4 4K Write 2.08 2.7
0.4 4K Mixed 0.86 1
163% 1.21 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
491GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 117 113 117 118 118 117 MB/s
Read 141
Write 142
Mixed 62.6
SusWrite 117
84% 116 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1
193% 1.43 MB/s
53GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 127 127 128 127 129 131 MB/s
Read 90.5
Write 89.4
Mixed 52.6
SusWrite 128
66% 90.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 0.9
171% 1.33 MB/s
837GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 77 77 78 79 78 78 MB/s
Read 116
Write 112
Mixed 68.5
SusWrite 77.6
69% 93.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 0.9
175% 1.4 MB/s
430GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 80 80 76 81 80 80 MB/s
Read 85.3
Write 93
Mixed 62.2
SusWrite 79.6
59% 80 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.9
170% 1.23 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 14,196,231 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $93 @ launch in Jul '14
EbayUS $728 mins
AmazonUS $778 days
BHPhotoUS $8024 months
NeweggUS $8517 months
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Typical Purple 2TB (2014) Builds (Compare 22,342 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 102% - Outstanding Total price: $975

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